As noted in the NY Times: "large blocks of tickets bought by corporate sponsors and national Olympic committees ... are not finding their way to people who want to see the events." But Italy's finest are busy arresting scalpers and confiscating their tickets. Tickets are going below face value, even with the efforts to inderdict supply:
"Nobody is selling above face value," said Rome Arago, 35, an American scalper. "There is no market, and they are arresting every scalper who is just trying to help people."
The problem revealed itself, on the street just outside the ice dancing competition Friday night, in a skittish Italian, who would give his name only as Andrea, 33. He and a friend asked a pack of scalpers, who included Arago and Bobby W., for tickets. The face value was 170 euros — or $202 — but he could not afford even the 80 euros that a Russian customer had paid just a few minutes earlier.